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Important Updates

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Calculus AB. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP Calculus AB Exam is available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

CED Updated with Free-Response Question Instructions
We recently updated pages 45-46 of the Course and Exam Description (CED) (.pdf/3.72MB) to include the instructions students will see on exam day for completing Section II: Free-Response Questions.

Please help make your students aware of these instructions by pointing them to the AP Calculus AB Exam page on the AP Students site.

Teaching and Assessing AP Calculus
This online professional development resource features new sample free-response questions, videos of master teachers modeling key instructional strategies for challenging skills and content, and resources to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. Log in or learn more.

Course Overview

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

2016-17 Course and Exam Updates

The AP Calculus AB course and exam were updated in 2016-17.

College Board Store

Find AP Calculus AB publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Calculus AB.